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Michael M. Boyle Scholarship Application Academic - College

Applicant: Please read the following information in its entirety. All questions should be directed to Suzanne Geyer, Associate Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association at (215) 557-1900 or email at sgeyer@gpha.us.

The GPHA Michael M. Boyle Scholarship Fund’s scholarship program offers education and career opportunities that propel professionals and students in the industry forward. The scholarship trust fund is managed by The Philadelphia Foundation with oversight conducted by the Scholarship Committee.

About the Scholarship: The Michael M. Boyle scholarship is awarded annually to area college-bound high school seniors and college students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry and GPHA members looking to further their education through Workforce Development/ Professional Development Courses. This scholarship is dedicated in memory of Michael M. Boyle who was a key figure in reviving Philadelphia’s hospitality industry. He served as the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association’s President from 1998-2000 and was a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation (Visit Philadelphia). He was a vigorous visionary and a devoted advocate for the hospitality industry in Philadelphia. These scholarships are a testament to his vision and passion for the hotel community in Philadelphia.

Application: Application submissions must be complete. Any application received without one or more of the requirements will not be submitted to the scholarship committee for evaluation nor considered for the scholarship.

To be eligibility for the scholarship program:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a student in an accredited university or in a specialty school with a declared major in hotel/restaurant management, hospitality management, food service or other hospitality-related program. 
  • Applicant is an immediate family member (spouse or child) of an employee who has been employed for at least six (6) months at a GPHA member hotel in good standing. 
  • A letter of recommendation from teachers/instructors, employers, and/or personal references. Two letters are acceptable.
  • Transcript from most recently attended school with proof of 3.0 GPA.
  • A short essay (200 words) describing who you are, your work experience and why you wish to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
  • Letter of acceptance from the post-secondary school (unless currently enrolled).
  • Resume (optional). Would suggest attaching if you have one.

Award

  • Scholarships amount is based upon Scholarship Committee’s recommendation. 
  • The scholarship award check will be made out to the student’s college in their name to be used towards tuition and books for the first semester of college 2022 - 2023.

Deadline

  • Completed scholarship application must be postmarked no later than Thursday, June 2 2022. 

* If you are unable to provide a digital copy of any of the above documents, you may send in a paper copy to the following address. Any mailed materials must be postmarked by June 2 and clearly labeled with the applicant's name.

GPHA Scholarship Fund
1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 810
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional Details

Hospitality work experience is preferred but not required. A personal interview may be required to receive an award. Scholarships are NOT automatically recurring, but students may re-apply each year they are eligible.

Candidates will be notified in early July whether or not they will receive a scholarship award. Scholarship monies will be mailed directly to the institution of higher education in mid-July. For more information, call (215) 557-1900 or email sgeyer@gpha.us

General Applicant Information

Note: to be completed by student

Date of Application
Date of Birth
Full Name of Applicant
Current Address
Permanent Address - skip if the same as Current Address

Collegiate Information

School Address
Which academic year would this scholaship be applied to for you?
Date of Expected Graduation

Additional Questions

Do you work full or part-time
Have you been a recipient of the GPHA's Scholarship before?

PART III: Letters of Recommendation/ Reference

Please note that while two (2) letters of recommendation are acceptable, the applicant must include at least one (1) letter of recommendation. The letter(s) should be from an academic advisor and/or from a manager at the applicant’s place of employment. Letters should describe in the recommenders own words how you have improved your life through the pursuit of continuing education, exhibited an enthusiasm and dedication to your studies, and/ or experienced a need for financial assistance. Please ensure that letters are signed and dated by the person writing the letter of reference and submitted on school/company letterhead.

The representatives may choose to send the letter directly to the Associate Executive Director of GPHA. Please provide your recommenders the appropriate submission information.

PART IV: Transcript

Please submit a transcript which includes all course work beginning with your first semester of undergraduate education and ending with your last complete semester of course work. Do not hold transcripts until the end of the semester, as applications submitted without a transcript will not be submitted to the scholarship committee for evaluation nor considered for the scholarship.

**For your convenience the letter(s) can be uploaded at the bottom of this form.

PART V: Applicant Acknowledgment and Authorization

I understand that the information submitted within and accompanying this application will be used to assess my eligibility for the scholarship. I certify that all the information provided on this application form and in all accompanying documents is true, accurate, and complete to the best of my knowledge. I have read and understand all the rules as stated. By submitting this application, I agree to be bound by these rules.

I understand clarifications, additional information, or proof of statements may be requested from candidates. Information submitted can be used by Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association in subsequent campaigns.

Application Checklist

Did you include: Copy of transcript
Did you include: Resume
Did you include: Completed essay with brief biography
Did you include: Recommendation Letter from University or College (on letterhead)
Did you include: Recommendation letter from the Hotel where you're employed or other place of employment
Did you include: Letter of acceptance from the post-secondary school (unless currently enrolled).
Did you include: Your grammar and spell checked essay?
Name of Nominator
Instructor (if different from nominator)
Educational Institute
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If you cannot upload transcript, please mail it to us at 1617 John F Kennedy Blvd, Suite 810, Phliadelphia, PA 19103
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If you cannot upload resume, please mail it to us at 1617 John F Kennedy Blvd, Suite 810, Phliadelphia, PA 19103